A bill creating a statewide lodging tax was signed into law Friday by Gov. Mark Gordon, clearing the way for the tax to take effect Jan. 1.
House Bill 134 will impose a statewide 5 percent tax on the cost of hotel and motel rooms, with money raised by 3 percent of the tax, about $13 million a year, to be used by the state Office of Tourism to promote tourism in Wyoming.
Income from the remaining 2 percent will go to the state’s counties, where an additional 2 percent lodging tax could be imposed with voter approval.
Also signed into law on Friday was House Bill 5, which authorizes digital driver’s licenses.
The bills were signed as lawmakers wrapped up the fourth week of their budget session. The session is expected to end next week.